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Touchscreen Technology

By | Posted August 2011

Simple fingertip control and user-friendly operating systems combine to make powerful, intuitive electronics a reality.

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Tested: Pulse Tech's desulfator

By | Posted April 2011

Rejuvenation SensationDoes Pulse Tech's desulfator work?We test it on an aging battery to find out.These close-ups of lead-acid battery plates were supplied by Pulse Tech. In...

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What goes on inside your LCD screen.

By | Posted January 2011

Screen Test     New displays look great in both sun and shade. Here’s why.   We all spend hours looking at LCDs at home and at work as well as on our boats...

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Electronic Sentinel

By | Posted November 2009

Ever get the offshore heebie-jeebieies? I used to, back when I was running oceangoing tugs. The malady typically started with an imaginary change in engine pitch while we were...

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Lowrance HDS Series

By | Posted February 2009

When Lowrance announced its all-new HDS Series in October, there seemed to be several valid rationales for the letters, which stand for “High Definition System.” All the plotter/...

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Maretron SIM & RIM

By | Posted February 2009

Maretron’s new Switch and Run Indicator modules—the $375 SIM100 and the $299 RIM100—are at the expanding frontier of NMEA 2000. Each plain black box can convert a variety of...

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Yanmar Smart Check

By | Posted October 2008

YanmarYanmar Smart CheckUnfortunately you'll need Yanmar electronic engines like the BY, LY3, and SY Series (so far) plus at least one Raymarine E-120 to even consider plunking...

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Know the Flow

By | Posted September 2008

Ben EllisonThese gauges are using twin FloScan interfaces and GPS to calculate nm/gal and more.Oil! I won't belabor the pain felt at fuel docks this season, but I sure am glad to...

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Offshore Systems Pump Control and Tank Display

By | Posted September 2008

Offshore SystemsOffshore Systems Pump Control and Tank DisplayAs discussed in "Know the Flow", flow-based fuel management renders a tank gauge mainly useful for double-checking...

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FloScan FloNet

By | Posted September 2008

Ben EllisonFloScan FloNetHats off to FloScan for developing FloNet, one of the most NMEA 2000-friendly products I've tested. Rather than trying to grab some of the precious space...

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Instruments, the New Generation

By | Posted June 2008

Do you like the time on your wrist expressed with traditional hands or in digital form? Or has your cellphone display supplanted wrist watches altogether? In a world of ever-...

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Garmin GMI 10

By | Posted April 2008

Garmin GMI 10The 3.5-inch color screens on Garmin's new do-it-all instrument heads looked bright and sharp at the European trade show where I saw them previewed, and they should...

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PAS-Thru Box

By | Posted January 2008

PAS-Thru BoxLife's hard; your friends are all enjoying NMEA 2000 install benefits with their new gear, and you're still struggling with an unruly mess of NMEA 0183 data...

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